Serritella: 2019 NFL Draft Recap: Round 1

Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) is selected as the number one overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown NashvillePhoto: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Ric Serritella

The NFL Draft is always surrounded by mystery and intrigue, which is part of the reason why this ultimate reality show has become such a fascinating event amongst fans. Below is a recap of Day 1, as we examine every selection, including some hits and misses. Stay tuned for exclusive coverage of the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville at NFL Draft Scout!

  1. Arizona Cardinals – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma: New head coach Kliff Kingsbury gets the groceries needed in order for him to cook up a recipe for success. The Kingsbury/Murray combination will be tied to the hip for better or for worse—this is arguably the most volatile first overall pick in NFL history and an added dose of excitement for the most popular sport in the country.

  2. San Francisco 49ers – DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State: The 49ers go back to the defensive line one more time in an attempt to help boost their pass-rush personnel by selecting Bosa, making it the fourth time in the past five years they have taken a lineman up front on defense.

  3. New York Jets – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama: It’s official, Williams & Williams is now a major force to be reckon with, as opposing coaches will be up late at night trying to figure out how to contain Quinnen and Leonard. His versatility will allow new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to mix and match alignments.

  4. Oakland Raiders – DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson: This was certainly a selection no one predicted, as the Raiders opt for a traditional hand-in-the-dirt defensive end edge rusher. Oakland likely tried to trade down but apparently found no takers. This move will be called into question for quite some time unless Ferrell lives up the suddenly high expectations.

  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – ILB Devin White, LSU: The tantalizing skill-set of White and his ability to cover a tremendous amount of ground makes him potentially the best linebacker in Tampa since Derrick Brooks, who starred for their dominant 2003 Super Bowl team.

  6. New York Giants – QB Daniel Jones, Duke: Somewhat of a head-scratcher here, as Jones is eerily similar to Eli Manning, who has struggled behind a porous offensive line. It’s difficult to envision Jones beating out Manning anytime soon, which makes you think it’s only a matter of time until the Giants part ways with Eli.

  7. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Josh Allen, Kentucky: It’s hard to imagine that the Jaguars were expecting Allen to fall into their lap. Lining him up opposite of Yannick Ngakoue, along with Calais Campbell and Marcell Dareus, gives Jacksonville a fearsome foursome up front.

  8. Detroit Lions – TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa – Very rarely do tight ends go in the top ten but very often do Iowa tight ends get drafted, as Hockenson brings toughness, athleticism, pass-catching ability and sound blocking. The Lions offense needs more weapons and Hockenson is an excellent start.

  9. Buffalo Bills – DT Ed Oliver, Houston – This was likely the best value pick inside the top ten, as Oliver is a blue chip prospect the Bills can build around and will offset the void created by the retirement of Kyle Williams.

  10. Pittsburgh Steelers [Trade via Denver Broncos] – ILB Devin Bush, Michigan: The last time Pittsburgh traded up for a defensive player was in 2001 for Troy Polamalu, which worked out pretty well. The Steelers targeted Bush and moving up was necessary, as the Wolverines defensive sparkplug would not last until No.20.

  11. Cincinnati Bengals – OT Jonah Williams, Cincinnati: One of the safest picks in this year’s draft, Williams is an immediate impact player who helps upgrade the Bengals offensive line no matter where he plays.

  12. Green Bay Packers – OLB Rashan Gary, Michigan: This selection is interesting because Gary was announced as an outside linebacker. Now, we will wait and see if the Packers choose to have him play through the labrum tear or wait until next offseason to have surgery.

  13. Miami Dolphins – DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson: An explosive interior lineman, Wilkins can be used up and down the defensive line due to his athleticism. His leadership intangibles are just as valuable, as Miami attempts to re-build their brand of football.

  14. Atlanta Falcons – OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College: A true mauler, Lindstrom is a throwback who brings nastiness inside the trenches. The four-year starter has plenty of experience and makes opponents pay upon their encounters.

  15. Washington Redskins – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State: No stranger to Maryland, as Haskins attended high school there, the Redskins found themselves a signal-caller with tremendous arm talent and high football acumen. His ability to dissect defenses during pre-snap reads and progress through his options could equate to superstar status.

  16. Carolina Panthers – DE Brian Burns, Florida State: This was best case scenario for Carolina as need met best available player. Burns is an incredibly twitchy athlete coming off the edge and could be an instant game-changer as a pass-rush specialist, something the Panthers severely needed.

  17. New York Giants – DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson: A bit surprising, considering that both Montez Sweat and Andre Dillard were still on the board. Lawrence fits defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s hybrid scheme but the Giants made two very questionable selections.

  18. Minnesota Vikings – C Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State: The Vikings needed to beef up both lines entering the draft and Bradbury is a great starting point. His ability to get into the second level is tops amongst centers in the draft and he should help make Kirk Cousins’ job a bit easier with his ability to anchor the offensive line.

  19. Tennessee Titans – DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State: For a franchise looking to take the next step and become contenders, selecting a player such as Simmons means they must wait two years to see any return on investment. The payout could be handsome but there were several plug-and-play prospects available.

  20. Denver Broncos [Trade via Pittsburgh Steelers] – TE Noah Fant, Iowa: After acquiring an additional second round pick and sliding down to nab Fant, a playmaking tight end, the Broncos come out as one of the biggest winners from Day 1.

  21. Green Bay Packers [Trade via Seattle Seahawks] – FS Darnell Savage, Maryland: While many were shocked to see Savage come off the board this high, his multi-dimensional versatility is going to be a huge asset for the Packers secondary.

  22. Philadelphia Eagles [Trade via Baltimore Ravens] – OT Andre Dillard, Washington State: Tremendous value here for the Eagles who move up to find a suitable replacement for Jason Peters. Dillard is a premier pass protection blocker, which is pleasant news for quarterback Carson Wentz.

  23. Houston Texans – OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State: The Texans go back to the small school ranks for an offensive tackle in Howard, who possesses elite size and upside. He joins Julian Davenport, a fourth round pick out of Bucknell who emerged as the starting left tackle.

  24. Oakland Raiders – RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama: With the recent re-retirement of Marshawn Lynch and three first round picks to utilize, the selection of Jacobs was made easy and provides necessary stability in the offensive backfield; head coach Jon Gruden likes to pound the rock.

  25. Baltimore Ravens (Trade via Philadelphia Eagles] – WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma: Adding two additional Day 3 picks in exchange for dropping down three spots and being able to draft the top wide out seems like good business for new Baltimore GM Eric DeCosta.

  26. Washington Redskins [Trade via Indianapolis Colts] – DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State: The Redskins pounced on the opportunity to add a top ten talent in Sweat, who slid due to a heart condition detected at the combine.

  27. Oakland Raiders – FS Johnathan Abram, Mississippi: It’s no secret that Gruden wanted to upgrade the secondary unit and Abram is a physical, high-motor player who adds great presence.

  28. Los Angeles Chargers – DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame: A big-bodied, agile tackle to place next to Joey Bosa, this is going to be a dynamic duo and tough for opponents to game-plan against.

  29. Seattle Seahawks – DE L.J. Collier, TCU: No Frank Clark, no problem, as the Seahawks plug-in a cheaper alternative, which was a necessary move due to the recent contract extension given to quarterback Russell Wilson.

  30. New York Giants (Trade via Seahawks) – CB Deandre Baker, Georgia: GM Dave Gettleman is really looking to put his stamp on this team and he traded back into the first round for their third selection of the night. Baker is a much needed cover corner, whose comes with questionable work ethic.

  31. Atlanta Falcons (Trade via Rams) – OT Kaleb McGary, Washington: The Falcons take no risks waiting until Day 2 to land their target in McGary, who has all the makings of a solid right tackle that can go on to play a decade in the league.

  32. New England Patriots – WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State: Adding an additional playmaker on offense was vital and Harry can stretch the field vertically or make plays underneath; his size/speed combination makes him an impact weapon for Brady and Co.

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